Taken from wikipedia.org J. A. Marsden aims to take over the California-Yucatan Railroad with the aid of his henchman El Lobo. The rightful owners, Joyce and Phillip Andrews, naturally object. Their parter, Don Manuel Vega summons his nephew, James Vega, to help them as he is the great grandson of the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega. He is disappointed, however, to find that his nephew is a foppish dandy.
Nevertheless, James Vega installs himself in the original Zorro's hideout and adopts the Zorro identity to defeat Marsden and El Lobo. This Zorro uses twin pistols and (like the original Zorro) a whip as his main weapons of choice, rather than a more traditional sword.
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Classic Republic serial from Golden Age
In 1937, Republic Pictures had established itself as the leader in action packed features for the Saturday afternoon crowd. Although Zorro Rides Again was not their first serial, the character became synonymous with Republic as it was used time and time again as a Western hero. The original Zorro had come from a pulp magazine story by Johnston McCulley and was introduced in 1920 as one of Douglas Fairbanks' most famous roles. Along with the well scripted plot and action sequences, one has to appreciate the title cards which told of the previous episodes. Obviously the writers gave the youthful audience credit for being able to read and understand th synopsises judging by the words used. Republic relied on the written word for their episode updates while Columbia, which also began their serials in 1937, used visual recaps of the previous episodes with a narrator giving off screen commentary.